Keeping your gums healthy is crucial for a healthy smile.
With the millions of Americans out there dealing with gum disease it’s now more important than ever to understand how to properly care for your gums. The last thing our family dentist Dr. Carl Murano wants to see are patients coming in with severe gum disease. After all, this is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Since we know that every patient out there wants to keep their natural smiles, here are some helpful tips for keeping your periodontal health in tip-top shape.
Flossing is truly one of the best things you can do for your smile. Not only will it remove food and plaque from building up between teeth to cause decay, but also it can remove plaque from along the gumline where it can harden into tartar and lead to gum disease. Flossing is the number one way to keep your gums healthy and to prevent gum disease.
Eat a Smile-Friendly Diet
As you might imagine, what you eat not only impacts your overall health but also your oral health. So, are you maintaining a diet that’s healthy for your teeth and gums? Your diet should be comprised of lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and some low-fat dairy. Avoid sugar and sports drinks, processed foods and sugar, which can increase plaque buildup and put you at risk for decay and gum disease.
Visit the Dentist Regularly
How you care for your smile is so very important; however, nothing is as important as visiting your Honeoye Falls and Mendon family dentist for routine checkups and cleanings. After all, decay and gum disease don’t often cause symptoms until they are more advanced.
So the only way to detect and treat these issues early is by coming in every six months for checkups. Remember, gum disease is known as a “silent killer”, so even if your gums feel great they may still be dealing with gum disease. Luckily, if gum disease is caught early enough it can be treated.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
It’s important that if you do experience symptoms of gum disease that you schedule an appointment with us. Call us if you notice:
- Red, inflamed gums
- Puffy, swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily, particularly when flossing or brushing
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums that pull away from the teeth (teeth will appear longer than usual)
Do you have questions about caring for your gums? Are you dealing with early warning signs of gum disease? If so, don’t hesitate to call HFL Dental in Honeoye Falls, NY and serving Mendon, NY, today to find out how we can help you.
Committing to seeing your dentist the American Dental Association-recommended twice a year has many benefits. However, not everyone takes their preventative dental care so seriously, especially with a busy family to care for. Seeing a family dentist can help you keep your family’s dental appointments in check and ensure that every member gets the preventative dental care they need. Find out more about what family dentistry could mean for you with Dr. Carl Murano at HFL Dental serving Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY.
What is a family dentist?
A family dentist sees patients of all ages. This means that your entire family, from children to grandparents, can see the same dentist at the same practice.
How can family dentistry benefit me and my family?
Family dentistry has a variety of benefits, including:
- Keeping your whole family’s dental records in one place
- Saving you a trip by consolidating dental appointments
- Allowing your children to see the same dentist as they grow up, and even continue seeing them as adults
Family Dentistry Honeoye Falls, NY
The American Dental Association recommends that all patients, regardless of age or dental condition, should have a dental examination and professional dental cleaning at least twice a year. For a busy family, this recommendation can be difficult to keep up with. However, preventative dental care is a crucial part of you and your family’s oral health. Family dentistry can help you consolidate your family’s schedule and make it easier to get everyone to the dentist on time, greatly reducing the risk of teeth decay and gum disease and the complications associated with them.
For more information on family dentistry or regular dental check-ups, please contact Dr. Carl Murano at HFL Dental in Honeoye Falls, NY and serving Mendon, NY. Call 585-624-1917 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Murano today!
Everyone is subject to tooth decay, but children are more prone than adults, says the American Dental Association (ADA). That's why Dr. Carl Murano, your family dentist, at HFL Dental serving Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY, offers plastic sealants, thin, resilient coatings which protect deeply grooved teeth from the ravages of bacteria, acids and everyday wear and tear. They're a wonderful investment in your child's smile.
How cavities happen
Tooth decay happens when bacteria-filled plaque and tartar accumulate on tooth surfaces and underneath the gums. These "biofilms" proliferate with carb-laden, sugary diets and poor oral hygiene.
Your family dentist serving Honeoye Falls and Mendon agrees with the American Dental Association's guidelines for preventive care: brushing twice a day with a soft-brush and a fluoride toothpaste (ages three and up), once a day flossing and semi-annual examinations and cleanings at the dental office. These practices pay big dividends of fewer cavities, decreased incidence of gum disease and of course, fresh breath and bright enamel.
Where cavities form
There are several locations where cavities most easily form. They include:
- The chewing surfaces of back molars and premolars (because they have deep grooves or fissures which hold plaque and bacteria)
- The cheek side of teeth near the gum line
Even the most careful of oral hygiene can miss or do an inadequate job in these areas, making them more prone to decay. As such, your family dentist serving Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY, advises a simple, inexpensive and long-lasting preventive treatment called dental sealants.
How plastic sealants work
Both children and adults may benefit from the application of plastic sealants, painted on coatings which penetrate fissures in tooth surfaces, protecting them from harmful bacteria. When children receive their adult teeth, the dentist inspects them for proper bite and overall condition. If he sees deep grooves, he may advise sealants.
To receive sealants, your child must sit still for about five minutes per tooth. Dr. Murano will show you which teeth need treatment, and then he'll clean, dry and etch each tooth. The etching liquid ensures a secure bond between the plastic sealant and the tooth: this is a critical part of the process.
Then, the dentist carefully will paint on the sealant and harden it with a special blue light. The tooth will look and bite normally but have an insulating barrier which should last up to a year.
Keep your child as cavity-free as possible. Sealants are a wonderful preventive measure which the friendly team at HFL Dental is happy to provide. To schedule cleaning and exam appointments, please call the office at (585) 624-1917.
This tooth-shaped restoration can restore strength back into a damaged tooth.
Did you just find out you need root canal treatment? Is one of your teeth severely malformed or discolored? Have you just cracked your tooth? If you said “yes” to any of these questions then it’s important that you get your smile the proper dental care you need to turn your smile around. For these scenarios, you may need to get a dental crown from our Mendon, NY, family dentist Dr. Carl Murano. What is a dental crown? We are here to answer that question and more.
What is a dental crown?
Most people have heard of a dental crown, a tooth-shaped cap that fits completely over the crown of your natural tooth, but they may not know why a crown is used. More often than not a crown is placed to strengthen and support a tooth that has been weakened by decay, infection or trauma. Once the integrity of a tooth’s natural structure is in jeopardy, a dental crown can be placed over it to encase it and provide protection from further damage.
Of course, a dental crown may also be used for cosmetic purposes, as well. If a damaged tooth is also misshapen or discolored then a crown can be placed over it not just to restore the tooth’s durability but also to improve its overall shape, size, and color.
Crowns are also instrumental in treating tooth loss. No matter whether you and our Mendon, NY, dentist have decided that a dental bridge or dental implant is the right approach for treating your tooth loss, crowns can be placed over a dental implant to complete the restoration and they can also be placed on natural teeth to support a dental bridge (a dental prosthetic that contains false teeth that are cemented between the two crowns).
How are dental crowns placed?
Before crowns can be placed a few things need to happen first. We will need to prepare the tooth to make room for the crown to fit over it. From there, we will need to take molds of your teeth, which will give a dental lab the exact measurements needed from which to create a custom-fitted dental crown. All crowns are customized to fit your smile.
In most cases, a temporary crown is placed over the tooth to protect it while your permanent crown is being made. Once the permanent crown has been fabricated and sent back to us we will have you come back in for a final fitting before cementing it permanently over your tooth. With the proper care, dental crowns can last for many years.
Do you have questions about getting a dental crown in Mendon, NY? Do you want to find out if dental crowns are right for your smile? If so, turn to Dr. Carl Murano at HFL Dental for the answers you need to make the right decisions about your oral health.
Minor imperfections don't have to mar your smile. Our Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY, family dentist, Dr. Carl Murano, explains how veneers can correct those little issues that affect the appearance of your teeth.
Make your dental flaws disappear with veneers
Veneers address common imperfections on the fronts of your teeth by concealing them beneath a thin layer of porcelain, a translucent material that looks just like tooth enamel. The porcelain shells are created using an impression of your mouth taken in our Honeoye Falls and Mendon office. Dental technicians use the impression when creating your veneers to ensure that your restorations will fit your teeth perfectly. The veneering process also involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel to ensure a proper fit.
Veneers are an ideal solution for many cosmetic issues
Once your veneers are cemented on to your teeth, you'll no longer have to worry about:
- Oddly shaped teeth: Does one of your teeth look like it doesn't belong in your mouth? Thanks to veneers, it's simple to change the shape of teeth. Whether your tooth is crooked, twisted, pointed or just a little out of the ordinary, a veneer can make a huge difference in your smile.
- Minor damage: Small chips often develop in the bottoms of teeth due to wear and tear. Although the chips won't cause any dental issues, they can be unsightly. Veneers easily cover chips and cracks that affect your appearance.
- Gaps in your smile: If you don't think those gaps between your teeth give you character, you may want to consider adding a few veneers to your teeth. Although veneers aren't an effective solution if your gaps are large, they provide an easy way to conceal slight spaces between your teeth.
- Teeth that don't quite measure up: One or two teeth may be naturally shorter than the others or may have shortened if you regularly grind your teeth. Adding veneers will instantly add length to your short teeth.
- Discolored teeth: Whether one or all of your teeth are discolored, veneers offer an excellent long-term whitening solution. They're frequently used to hide discolorations caused by injuries, dental procedures or the use of certain antibiotics, but may also be used to whiten your entire smile.
Are you ready to find out if veneers are a good choice for you? Call our Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY, family dentist, Dr. Murano, at (585) 624-1917 to schedule an appointment.
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